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  • Now That You Mention It

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,793

It's been over a decade since Nora left her hometown of Scupper Island, Maine, and very seldom looked back. She's carved out a successful life in Boston, where no one knows her as the awkward girl with the delinquent sister and the dad who left, but a not-as-dramatic-as-it-sounds brush with death has her taking stock of her life. Inspired to reconnect with her prickly mother and snarky teenage niece, Nora returns home for the summer, where she's forced to face the people she's spent the last ten years trying to avoid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 million stars!

  • By jodiod on 12-28-17

Good story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-19

Kristan Higgins is one of my favorite story tellers. xe Sands is a fabulous narrator and makes any book she reads pleasant. Interesting setting and cast of characters.

  • The Far Field

  • A Novel
  • By: Madhuri Vijay
  • Narrated by: Sneha Mathan
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

In the wake of her mother's death, Shalini, a privileged and restless young woman from Bangalore, sets out for a remote Himalayan village in the troubled northern region of Kashmir. Certain that the loss of her mother is somehow connected to the decade-old disappearance of Bashir Ahmed, a charming Kashmiri salesman who frequented her childhood home, she is determined to confront him. But upon her arrival, Shalini is brought face to face with Kashmir's politics, as well as the tangled history of the local family that takes her in. And then life in the village turns volatile and old hatreds threaten to erupt into violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening

  • By Haveenoughstuff on 01-19-19

Enlightening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-19

I love novels about the colorful, bittersweet culture of India. I was particularly fascinated by the truthfulness that Westerners never hear about the tumultuous state of Kashmir. The poverty and taking of innocents by the military in Kashmir is heart wrenching. The corruption of officials is appalling. The treatment of women in India is now surfacing. It is a third world nation struggling to gain a foothold in the 21st century but cannot seem to lose its hold on its pasts’ grip on poverty vs. wealth and modern technology. Not a glossy picture, but one that opens the listeners’ eyes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Paris Time Capsule

  • By: Ella Carey
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567

New York - based photographer Cat Jordan is ready to begin a new life with her successful, button-down boyfriend. But when she learns that she's inherited the estate of a complete stranger - a woman named Isabelle de Florian - her life is turned upside down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • INteresting storyline

  • By Amy on 12-12-16

Fine I story in my favorite city and country

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-19

Good mysterious tale tajine the reader to Paris, Provence, Albi, and Sarlat, Périgord. Descriptions of French culture with which bI was not familiar. Of course, the yummy food, smells and sense of history also conveyed. Some likable and some not so likable characters. I was a little disappointed in the ending as main characters’ real ending was only hinted.

  • In the Far Pashmina Mountains

  • By: Janet MacLeod Trotter
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Abandoned as a baby and raised in a remote lighthouse off the wild Northumberland coast, Alice Fairchild has always dreamed of adventure. When a fierce storm wrecks a ship nearby, she risks everything in an act of bravery that alters the course of her life. Aboard the doomed vessel is the handsome John Sinclair, a Scottish soldier on his way to India. The connection between them is instant, but soon fate intervenes and leaves Alice heartbroken and alone. Determined to take charge of her destiny but secretly hoping her path will cross again with John’s, she too makes a new start in colonial India.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story of lost, found, lost again, found again love

  • By Kimberly Torrens on 01-16-19

Frustrating Indian/uk historical fiction

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-19

Although much of this novel was based on real characters, the two main ones were fictional. The British/Indian/ historical era of the late 19th century was interesting,. However, the main characters’ chances for happiness were thwarted so many times it made the novel rather ponderous. Good narration, just a bit sluggish and complicated as a novel.

  • The Storyteller's Secret

  • A Novel
  • By: Sejal Badani
  • Narrated by: Siiri Scott
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270

Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past. Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi - her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant - who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful

  • By Stephania Barthel on 09-05-18

India holds tragic secrets

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-18

The story of 3 generations of Indian women each damaged by culture, forbidden love & loss told by a faithful untouchable servent who holds the secret of how each woman is marred and through his telling is able to resolve their plights. India is such a fascinating setting from British occupation to emigration to America. The poverty, smells, customs, superstitions, and caste system is heartbreaking even as India becomes free as a nation and tries to become a modern more egalitarian society. It still has a long way to go to lose its archaic traditions.

  • Tony's Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Adriana Trigiani
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Set in the lush Big Band era of the 1940s and World War II, this spellbinding saga from beloved New York Times best-selling author Adriana Trigiani tells the story of two talented working class kids who marry and become a successful singing act, until time, temptation, and the responsibilities of home and family derail their dreams. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A familiar genre

  • By Robin on 11-28-18

Thank goodness Ms. Trigiani has gone back to her best stories!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-18

After a few dreadful novels, this one brought back some of Adriani’s original Italian roots. Her characters from NJ, the nature of Italian culture, and the importance of family. She also has a strong female Maine character, lacking from her last few books. This was a bittersweet realistic tale of a lifetime of love, betrayal, importance of family , and finally resolution and redemption. A realistic love story well done! This is Adriana at her finest.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Address

  • A Novel
  • By: Fiona Davis
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,024

After a failed apprenticeship, working her way up to head housekeeper of a posh London hotel is more than Sara Smythe ever thought she'd make of herself. But when a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house The Dakota, leads to a job offer, her world is suddenly awash in possibility - no mean feat for a servant in 1884. The opportunity to move to America, where a person can rise above one's station.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should be a movie!

  • By Linda Slater on 10-19-17

Fascinating historical fiction

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-18

An intriguing blend of history and fiction. We all think of the Dakota apartment building as the scene of John Lennon’s murder. But I doubt many of us know the odd history of the buildings creation and NYC in the 1880s. We also are mostly unaware of the injustices and torture of women called “insane” and sent to now Roosevelt Island for insignificant crimes by more powerful people of the 1900s. Thank goodness for real people like Nellie Bly, who helped expose the horrible conditions and inhumane treatment received by the unlucky inmates. It was not a pleasant read, but one illustrating greed, undeserved power and cruelty.

  • All Those Things We Never Said

  • By: Marc Levy, Chris Murray - translator
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

Days before her wedding, Julia Walsh is blindsided twice: once by the sudden death of her estranged father...and again when he appears on her doorstep after his funeral, ready to make amends, right his past mistakes, and prevent her from making new ones. Surprised, to say the least, Julia reluctantly agrees to turn what should have been her honeymoon into a spontaneous road trip with her father to make up for lost time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved

  • By Nicki on 03-10-18

Weird

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Good narration but really bizarre fantasy(?) or reality romance. Too many DADDY issues. I really don’t know if I liked it or not. It was just like no other romance novel I’ve ever listened to,

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,614
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,584

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies, comes her newest audiobook, Nine Perfect Strangers: Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amid all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these 10 days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next 10 days are going to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration was good on my end

  • By Anna on 11-29-18

Not anything that I expected

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-18

First the narration was awful. I found the voice to be very irritating. The nine characters were well developed and I liked that. The plot was very disturbing. The therapy could have been good, if the participants had signed waivers and agreed to it. There were heartbreaking real aspects to the characters’ stories. The problem of mental illness and big pharma’s role in it is worldwide. I found the main character’s approach to healing upsetting, but indicative of the lack of real help in curing all aspects of mental illness.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Heaven Adjacent

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939

Roseanna Chaldecott spent her life as a high-powered lawyer in Manhattan. But when her best friend and law partner dies suddenly, something snaps. Unsure of her future, Roseanna heads upstate on one tank of gas and with no plans to return. In the foothills of the Adirondacks, Roseanna discovers the perfect hideout in a ramshackle farm. Its seventy-six acres are rich with possibilities and full of surprises, including a mother and daughter squatting on the property. Although company is the last thing Roseanna wants, she reluctantly lets them stay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just the best!!

  • By kthompson1004 on 07-25-18

‘‘Tis a gift to be simple

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Enjoyable narration. Unique story with colorful characters reminding us what is really important in having a life well-lived.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful